David Wright overtakes Pablo Sandoval in All-Star Game voting
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Mets fans can breathe a little easier -- David Wright has taken the lead at his position in All-Star voting.
Wright surpassed Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval in the latest results, which were released Sunday night on MLB.com.
This marks the first time the Mets captain has held the lead at the National League hot corner, receiving 2,917,819 votes to Sandoval's 2,788,988. Sandoval narrowly beat out Wright for the start in last year's All-Star Game.
If Wright maintains the lead, he will start the All-Star Game at his home ballpark of Citi Field on July 16. Voting closes on July 4 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Elsewhere in the Senior Circuit, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has overtaken fellow backstop Buster Posey as the NL's leading vote-getter. The Giants catcher trails Molina by roughly 90,000 votes in one of the closest races of the season.
Adam Jones and Mike Trout are virtual locks to start in the American League outfield, but the race to join them is another tight one. Nick Markakis (Orioles), Jose Bautista (Blue Jays), and Torii Hunter (Tigers) are all vying for the final starting outfield spot. Markakis currently has the edge but both Bautista and Hunter were within 65,000 votes. AL voting results were released Saturday night.
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano leads his position by roughly one million votes over Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox.
Derek Jeter is fifth among the league's shortstops despite not appearing in a game yet this season due to injury.
Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera. who has followed up on his Triple Crown-winning season in 2012, leads the majors in votes. Cabrera leads the majors in batting average and on-base percentage this season.
Here are the leading vote-getters in both leagues:
AMERICAN LEAGUE (as of June 22)
CATCHER: Joe Mauer, Twins 2,788,972; Matt Wieters, Orioles 2,068,032; A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers 1,054,093; Carlos Santana, Indians 1,029,674; Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox 966,196.
FIRST BASE: Chris Davis, Orioles 3,960,299; Prince Fielder, Tigers 2,579,031; Mike Napoli, Red Sox 902,562; Albert Pujols, Angels 872,602; Mitch Moreland, Rangers 750,674.
SECOND BASE: Robinson Cano, Yankees 3,032,183; Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox 2,135,499; Ian Kinsler, Rangers 1,329,136; Omar Infante, Tigers 1,191,119; Jose Altuve, Astros 850,577.
THIRD BASE: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 4,337,223: Manny Machado, Orioles 2,097,804; Adrian Beltre, Rangers 1,334,195; Evan Longoria, Rays 1,106,984; Josh Donaldson, Athletics 635,581.
SHORTSTOP: J.J. Hardy, Orioles 2,548,682; Jhonny Peralta, Tigers 1,838,500; Elvis Andrus, Rangers 1,616,834; Jed Lowrie, Athletics 1,207,486; Derek Jeter, Yankees 819,175.
OUTFIELD: Adam Jones, Orioles 3,571,693; Mike Trout, Angels 3,548,195; Nick Markakis, Orioles 1,915,860; Jose Bautista, Blue Jays 1,867,367; Torii Hunter, Tigers 1,851,657; Nate McLouth, Orioles 1,660,080; Nelson Cruz, Rangers 1,595,371; Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox 1,289,195; Alex Gordon, Royals 1,239,771; Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics 1,183,926; Coco Crisp, Athletics 1,115,204; Austin Jackson, Tigers 983,469; Josh Hamilton, Angels 897,181; Shane Victorino, Red Sox 823,363; Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees 759,154.
DESIGNATED HITTER: David Ortiz, Red Sox 3,247,462; Lance Berkman, Rangers 1,519,503; Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays 1,091,593; Victor Martinez, Tigers 959,646; Mark Trumbo, Angels 919,036.
NATIONAL LEAGUE (as of June 23)
CATCHER: Yadier Molina, Cardinals 3,596,858; Buster Posey, Giants 3,506,402; John Buck, Mets 1,087,519; Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers 845,519; Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks 799,837.
FIRST BASE: Joey Votto, Reds 2,677,813; Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks 2,270,886; Allen Craig, Cardinals 1,801,138; Brandon Belt, Giants 1,323,511; Freddie Freeman, Braves 1,181,657.
SECOND BASE: Brandon Phillips, Reds 2,597,742; Marco Scutaro, Giants 2,272,484; Matt Carpenter, Cardinals 2,251,248; Chase Utley, Phillies 1,136,890; Daniel Murphy, Mets 1,088,224.
THIRD BASE: David Wright, Mets 2,917,819; Pablo Sandoval, Giants 2,788,988; David Freese, Cardinals 1,728,322; Chris Johnson, Braves 1,008,552; Aramis Ramirez, Brewers 881,559.
SHORTSTOP: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies 3,104,285; Brandon Crawford, Giants 1,757,255; Jean Segura, Brewers 1,625,753; Pete Kozma, Cardinals 1,354,974; Andrelton Simmons, Braves 965,016.
OUTFIELD: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals 3,473,030; Justin Upton, Braves 2,453,531; Bryce Harper, Nationals 2,363,965; Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies 2,060,388; Ryan Braun, Brewers 2,010,310; Matt Holliday, Cardinals 1,947,864; Andrew McCutchen, Pirates 1,777,568; Hunter Pence, Giants 1,732,843; Shin-Soo Choo, Reds 1,566,597; Angel Pagan, Giants 1,541,055; Carlos Gomez, Brewers 1,393,464; Jon Jay, Cardinals 1,321,149; Gregor Blanco, Giants 1,210,892; Domonic Brown, Phillies 1,107,632; Jay Bruce, Reds 978,994.